Don't mess with the locals
Two Englishmen and their girlfriends go on holiday to a remote area ofSpain, there one of them, Paul (Gary Oldman), has bought his Spanishgrandmothers old house and hopes to settle down there permanently. Hisfriend Norman (Paddy Considine) is having relationship problems withhis French girlfriend after they lost a baby and they all hope thistrip will settle some issues. While out hunting on their first morningin their house, Paul and Norman get lost in the forest and stumbleacross what seems to be an abandoned house, they enter and find a younggirl that is being held there. They bring her back to their own houseand clean her up, once there they become conflicted as to what theyshould do, this is where their problems begin.
The film is set in the 1970's and has obviously been influenced byfilms from that era like Deliverance or Straw Dogs combined perhapswith Calvaire, this all provides an immediate ambiance and sense ofmenace, one that I like and I knew early on I would enjoy it. Twogiants of the British screen, Oldman and Considine add immensely totheir characters, Paul is brash and confident, Norman is withdrawn andquiet. Their development when things go wrong is always interesting. IfI have any criticisms its perhaps the ending can be seen coming, butits still fun getting there, Virginie Ledoyen is also a little wooden,though that may be down to speaking in English. The cast of Spanishlocals is also excellent and well chosen, each one has that lived inface that suits that inbred feel. You'll have no problem believingthese guys are capable of murder and rape. If there's one message to begained from this film, its "Don't mess with the locals".